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Year 2 Suns and Rainbows

Weekly update 2.12.22      

A big thank you to Bricks4kids for a wonderful visit on Tuesday morning. The Lego building morning was a huge success and the children really enjoyed celebrating the end of our Titanic work.

This week we have continued to learn about the Dreamer poem by Brian Moses. We have really studied the language and the meaning of the poem before completing our group reading comprehensions. On Thursday during our big write the children wrote their own version. We had some wonderful language being used with lots of noun phrases plus some very passionate messages about protecting the environment.

In Science we looked at how animals obtain food from different habitats and how to represent this as a food chain. We are continuing to watch clips from the David Attenborough series Seven Worlds One Planet and the children really enjoy watching and learning about plants and animals in the different continents across the world. I know some of the children have been watching this at home too which is wonderful to hear.

Our nativity rehearsals are well underway. Lines and costume letters have been sent home so please check book bags. If you haven’t received these please speak to your class teacher. As much practise as possible in learning lines please to boost the children’s confidence. The nativity performance will be on Thursday 15th December at 2pm in the school hall.

Next Thursday (8th) will be the last sports club for this term.  Well done to Team Water for winning house points this week.

Have a great weekend

The Year 2 Team

Weekly update 25.11.22

It’s coming up to Mrs Blacks favourite time of year with the wonderful Nativity!  Next week we will be giving out parts. Your child will be given some lines to practise at home. Please help us by supporting your child to learn their parts.  You do not need to rush out and buy costumes. We have some costumes in school and we will be in touch with anything that we would like your help with so watch out for further information on this.  The Year 2 performance will be on Thursday 15th December at 2pm in the school hall.

This week, in English, we have been reading the Dreamer by Brian Moses. We have practised reading it together and in pairs, looking up the meaning of new words and researching some of the animals and habitats featured in the poem. The children have been quite passionate about the idea of us looking after our planet.

In phonics we have taught the new sounds that make the ee sound like ey and y on its own, spelling words like monkey and happy.  We have enjoyed writing in our brand-new Phonics jotters which we will look forward to showing you all next time you visit school.

In Maths we have been practising one more and one less than a number and using this skill to solve word problems including money.

In Science we have linked our learning to the Dreamer poem and looked at which plants and animals can be found in different habitats around the world. We sorted animals into habitats such as rainforest, ocean, woodland and desert.

We had our first House Teams competition of the year on Wednesday with ‘A Great Big Picture Quiz’.  Congratulations to Team Air who won the quiz and also took the trophy this week.

Next Tuesday we have the excitement of the Bricks4kids Lego morning linked to our Titanic topic. We know the children will love this so thank you so much for your support and enabling this to go ahead. We hope the children will enjoying telling you all about it at home.

Thank you for those parents who have already attended parents evening and we look forward to seeing many more parents for their appointments on Tuesday after school.

Have a great weekend

The Year 2 Team

Weekly update 18.11.22

Good Afternoon.

Thank you to all the parents who came to see the childrens work this afternoon and supported Children in Need.  The children have had a lovely week.

Also thank you to you all for your support in what has been a difficult week with members of the team being poorly.  We hope that normal service will resume next week! The children have coped really well with all the changes.

This week we have done lots of work on Anti-Bullying from writing sentences on how to be a good friend in SPAG, using simple word processing software in Purple Mash to design an Anti-Bullying poster and designing our own odd socks.  We have also talked about what is a good friend and what we can do to show we are a good friend.

In Maths we have been thinking about the difference between two groups of objects then numbers and how to work it out.

Our writing this week was an amazing set of diary entries about a journey on the Titantic and it’s sinking.  Lots of entries used lots of emotive language and fantastic sensory descriptions to really bring it alive.  They are wonderful and thank you as from conversations with the children it is apparent that did extra bits at home which all helped to feed the children’s imaginations.

In phonics this week we have looked at gn and ore. 

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 2 team.

Autumn 2

Weekly update 4.11.22

We’ve all had a fantastic week launching our new topic called ‘Sailing the Seven Seas’. The children were all incredibly enthusiastic on our wonderful Titanic Day and Captain Smith was thrilled to have them all on board his ship. The passengers were treated to a fine meal (depending on which class ticket they had!) and some exciting Titanic based activities on Thursday morning. The activities included being Scientists to investigate ice and making floating tin foil boats, being and Artist to paint and draw the beautiful ship of dreams, being a designer to make a model puppet show of the Titanic and being a Historian to find out facts about what happened and play the traditional game of Shuffleboard which was often played on deck. It was a vey busy and exciting morning!

As if that wasn’t enough, today we have been practising being brilliant Engineers by designing, building and evaluating our own toy boats.  Nearly everyone’s boats floated thanks to our super science knowledge from our last topic about Materials. We knew which materials would be waterproof and which would float well. We tested our boats with a lego figure and blew them across a water tray to reach the other side safely. It was great fun!

We have also been revising our phonics sounds, reading the book Samson’s Journey and introducing addition.

House Team winners were Team Air.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 Team

Topic Trail Autumn 2nd - Sailing the Seven Seas.